Hilo's Wilson finishes NCAA tourney
Hilo golfer Amanda Wilson struggled to a 13-over 85 yesterday in the final round of the NCAA Division I women's golf championship at Albuquerque, N.M.
Wilson, who attends Arizona, began the day tied for 81st but slipped to 105th with her score of 30 over, some 31 strokes off the lead. Moanalua product Jackie Hilea of Furman was a stroke better than Wilson yesterday, ending the tournament in 123rd place out of 124 finishers at 41 over.
Azahara Munoz of Arizona State won the individual title in a playoff over UCLA's Tiffany Joh. USC captured the team title by six strokes over UCLA.
Volleyball players to USA training teams
Hawaii will be well represented this summer on the USA Volleyball High Performance AS men's and boys' training teams.
Of the 23 players selected for the July 22-27 Men's Junior A2 Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., three are from the Big Island. Named to the roster are Kamehameha-Hawaii incoming senior setter Chandler Kaaa, Pacific redshirt freshman Nicolaas Schenk (Hawaii Prep '07) and Kealakehe senior middle blocker Nicholas Battistini.
University of Hawaii associate coach Tino Reyes will coach the 47 players at the Boys Youth A2 Camp that will go on to compete in the USAV High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz., July 23-27.
On the roster from Hawaii are: libero Ricky Budar, setter Taylor Crabb, hitter Taylor Donovan, libero Scott Sakaida and hitter Tyler Tanaka, all representing Outrigger Canoe Club; middle Kennith Rewick of Kuikahi; and Pilipa'a setter Christian Kahookaulana and hitter Clayton Morante.
Three Hawaii players are among the 37 on the roster for the Boys' Select A2 Camp, July 11-16, in Colorado Springs. They are Pilipa'a setters Daniel Aina and Iokepa Command, and Kuikahi hitter Alvin Kwok.
Local pro surfer announces retirement
Kauai's Bruce Irons has announced that he will leave the ASP World Championship Tour no matter how he finishes in the 2008 year end ratings. "I'm going back to being a freesurfer,' Irons told Global Surf News. "It's what I was meant to do."
Irons said he is confident that his choice to leave competition behind is the right one.
"I prefer to go back to how I started my whole surfing trip, which is to go on surf trips and make videos," he said.
UH regents consider naming rights
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents will consider approval of a donation and the naming of an athletics facility after Clarence T.C. Ching at its meeting Thursday in Kapolei.
Details of the matter will be discussed in a closed executive session with the decision to be made public after the meeting.
The board will also consider a proposal that would allow UH to reduce ticket prices in the north end zone at Aloha Stadium, and the upper levels at the Stan Sheriff Center and Les Murakami Stadium in an effort to increase attendance and revenue.
The agenda also includes a proposal that would adjust the criteria for coaches in the men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, and track and field programs to receive bonuses for their team's performance.
The board is scheduled to meet at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Hale Kalaniana'ole in Kapolei.